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Beyoncé Releases Surprise Single ‘Formation’ Ahead of Super Bowl Performance – Beyoncé is not coming to the Super Bowl empty-handed. On Saturday afternoon, the singer released a new single, “Formation,” along with a music video that invokes Hurricane Katrina and fierce black pride (“I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” Beyoncé sings, referring to her Southern heritage and superstar work ethic). She is scheduled to join Coldplay, the Super Bowl headliners, during halftime at the game Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

As has become Beyoncé’s habit, “Formation” was announced simultaneously on her Instagram account and official website with little warning. The song and video are also streaming on Tidal, the music service owned by the singer’s husband, Jay Z; the site is offering a free download of the track in exchange for an email address. The high-profile release follows an up-and-down week for Tidal after the service released Rihanna’s “Anti”early because of an online leak.

The song, written with Swae Lee of the rap duo Rae Sremmurd, marks Beyoncé’s first major release since the industry-rattling surprise drop of her self-titled album in December 2013. On “Formation,” the singer addresses not only race, but rumors about her celebrity (“Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess”); there are two cuts of the video — one of which opens with a parental advisory warning for explicit language — featuring a cameo by her daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy. The Louisiana-centric track also features spoken interludes from the New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia and the late YouTube personality Messy Mya, who was murderedthere in 2010.

“Earned all this money but they never take the country out me,” Beyoncé half-raps over a minimal beat, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Apluss, which breaks into a blown-out marching band stomp. “I got hot sauce in my bag — swag.”

The video was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously worked with Beyoncé on the clip for “Pretty Hurts”; she also won a Grammy for directing Rihanna’s “We Found Love” video.

The video’s release did not come without controversy, however. Not long after it was put online, the filmmakers Abteen Bagheri and Chris Black took to Twitter and claimed “Formation” used footage from “That B.E.A.T.,”their 2013 documentary about New Orleans bounce, without permission.


“They stole it,” said Mr. Black, who produced “That B.E.A.T.,” of the B-roll footage of the New Orleans music scene. “We were there for a week and hung out with the people and immersed ourselves in the culture. We put a lot into it ourselves.” He explained that Beyoncé’s team had initially requested to license the footage, which was commissioned by Nokia and Sundance, late last month and said that Feb. 1 was the deadline for a decision. Mr. Bagheri, the documentary’s director, said on Twitter that he was asked for approval as well, but had denied the request.

In a statement, however, a representative for Beyoncé said the footage was licensed properly: “The documentary footage was used with permission and licensed from the owner of the footage. They were given proper compensation. The footage was provided to us by the filmmaker’s production company. The filmmaker is listed in the credits for additional photography direction. We are thankful that they granted us permission.”

Ms. Matsoukas also responded on Twitter, thanking Mr. Bagheri for “the beautiful NOLA footage,” which helped “to make #FORMATION whole.”

In a rare interview ahead of her Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé spoke to CBS about her previous appearance on the Super Bowl stage in New Orleans in 2013. “I knew I had to make the best of the moment and I wanted it to be something iconic and something that people will never forget,” she said in the interview, which aired on Saturday.

Bruno Mars has also confirmed in a post on his Instagram that he will be making an appearance during the halftime show.(

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